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celebrating seven

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In our family, we typically throw big birthday bashes in the early years. For both girls we did them for the first six years before scaling back to small scale older parties. Last year was a special year because the girls were six and twelve (half and double), plus it was E’s golden birthday (12 on the 12th), so we did a big combo party. But once seven rolls around we let the girls choose a few friends and plan out their own special day.

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F chose a pretty perfect afternoon, if you ask me. We met up with friends and saw the movie Finding Dory at the Chase (one of my favorite theaters). Then we walked a few blocks to Jeni’s for ice cream before spending a half hour or more browsing the shelves of Left Bank Books.

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It was a perfect afternoon, and the girls promptly fell asleep in the car on the way home.

The weekend before was the great grandparent hand-off – we met them in the middle of nowhere Indiana, and opened some family gifts with them on the porch of a restaurant there. F got quite a few new books, some cute fall outfits, some legos, some Harry Potter figurines and checkers set. Plus that pogo stick I mentioned before! She also got the item top on her list this year – a travel neck pillow (in blue, of course). She’s wanted one since she first saw them in an airport gift shop years ago, but this year she was particularly enamored with them.

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I’m calling birthday week a success!

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I’m not as good at doing recaps these days – I blame some of that on the ease of Instagram, and maybe a little of that on having two cameras. It takes a regular practice of using a camera and then downloading the photos to post them, and I don’t feel like much of what I do these days is very consistent. But I have been looking through old photos lately, and thought I’d do a few photo heavy / word light posts that are some glimpses into our days lately. The girls are growing, and I talk of them in more of the abstract than the specific. I think this trend will likely continue, but I don’t want to lose the habit of writing and recording some things I’d like to remember, even if it’s not as regular as it used to be.

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F made a fantastic Reptiles sign, and sang her heart out in her spring concert. There were a ton of words to this song, and the first graders nailed it.

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Also? She held hands with D the entire performance. Hmmm. This detail was not lost on any of us. D looks completely okay with this.

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E finished her year long confirmation classes this past May, and she celebrated with her friend, Z. The girls were born on the same day, 12 hours apart, so they call each other “twin sister”.

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My parents came to visit that same weekend so that we could celebrate my mom’s birthday. My sister’s family crashed the party at the last minute – which made it a real party, and we ate too much, and stayed out too late with small children, and had an all around blast.

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May was unseasonably cool this year, which was lovely. It’s making up for that this June. We spent a lot of time in Forest Park – particularly me. I clocked the most miles ever in May, although not in this navy dress and flats, I promise.

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We’ve also managed to pose in plywood cutout paintings quite a few times so far. E gets the concept pretty well…

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F can’t understand why were all yelling for her to stop drinking her sno-cone.

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We typically go to Circus Flora for Father’s Day, but this year we went a week earlier. The show is baseball themed this year, and really fantastic. It’s hard to top last year’s show (probably the best I’ve ever seen), but there were several really unique acts this year that we loved, and the baseball costumes were so cute. I love everything about it except for the tightrope act with no net. It makes me crazy.

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At least they have a net for the trapeze.

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Summer’s off to a great start so far. I should do something similar with the photos on my phone soon. I jump back and forth between the two a lot. I love having that convenience, for sure, but there’s something really nice about getting out the “real” camera and snapping a few photos of our adventures – even if I’m a little slow to revisit them these days.

How’s your summer shaping up so far?

 

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I’m not sure why I never posted this after the holidays, but I thought about it this weekend since Father’s Day is approaching. I find that buying gifts for my husband is tricky sometimes. He has lots of interests, but not the kind of hobbies that lend themselves to new gear purchases. He’s very tall and thin, and typically has to order clothing to fit, so it’s also not really easy to spot a nice shirt and pick it up for a gift. I’m actually excited this year about our Father’s Day gifts that the girls and I picked out, but I can’t talk about those here quite yet. But I thought I’d share what we gave him for Christmas this past year.

M spent a ton of time last year working on the stair hall that goes through the center of our house – painting, updating light fixtures, final fittings on the stair treads, etc. On the middle floor we have a great wall for hanging portraits, and once some of the other projects start wrapping up, I’d like to start building that. I thought a neat way to fill it would be to commission portrait work from different artists each year. I started with Paul Ferney last year, and commissioned these two pieces.

I chose a picture of each girl, and this time I focused on our favorite place – the beach – and two activities that make me think of M and the way he loves to play at the beach with each girl. The underwater shot of E is one that M took while goofing off in the pool, flipping and splashing and diving. I love the light and everything about it. (I also loved Ferney’s beach paintings, so I knew this was a good match.)

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The one of F makes me think of the quieter moments at the beach – the way M gets the umbrellas positioned just right for shade, and the way we sit under them and relax. This particular photo of F is the start of a colossal city of sand that M helped her build all afternoon. It had roads and bridges and tunnels and towers. It was one of my favorite afternoons ever, just watching them work, chasing the shade as the sun moved through the sky.

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I’ve got plenty of ideas for future pieces – some local artists, some distant ones. (And maybe a few in our own house!) If you’ve got someone you’d recommend, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to take a look at their work.